The research in Inorganic Chemistry is sub-divided into a number of independent research groups in a similar way as to the general description of Inorganic Chemistry world-wide e.g. Electrochemistry, Organometallic Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Nanomaterials, Theoretical Chemistry, Functional Oxide Based Materials, and Bioinorganic Chemistry.
The research on functional oxide based materials may be split broadly into two main areas, i) systems exhibiting unusual magnetic/electronic behaviour, i.e. multiferroic systems, superconductors, spin glass phases etc. and ii) solid state ionic conductors, in particular development of materials for electrolyte and/or electrode materials for solid oxide fuel cells. In particular the Christoffer Knee’s group is interested in exploiting the links between synthesis, structure and property to realise new materials with improved performance.
Bioinorganic Chemistry, being one of the independent areas (Lennart Sjölin), involves studies of inorganic elements as they are utilized in biology. The main focus is on metal ions, where the interest rests in their interaction with biological ligands and the important properties they are able to exhibit and impart to an organism. In particular our studies concern small blue copper proteins and their role in electron transfer processes.
The Lindqvist group within the field of Environmental Chemistry is dedicated to research on mercury in environmental and industrial applications and has been so for more than 20 years (7 Ph. D. graduates, over 100 papers in internationally peer-reviewed journals). The group has, in addition, been a very active partner in several international joint-research projects.